In the chaos of 2020, HEAL piloted a Rapid Response Fund, knowing that our members were directing resources towards urgent needs in their communities. In that first year, HEAL raised and distributed $40,000 across 10 member organizations. At the end of 2021 we did it again, devoting our end of year fundraising campaign to replenish the Rapid Response Fund. In six weeks, our community raised $52,000 to support members working on the frontlines, enabling them to have access to more of the resources needed to continue to meet the moment.
Eight organizations applied for the fund in 2022, all of which HEAL funded with grants ranging from $4000-$8000. Thanks to the support of donors in HEAL’s network, rapid response fund recipients helped farmworkers in Florida access SNAP benefits, secured liability insurance for Black family farmers in North Carolina, organized clothing drives to protect farmworkers in Idaho from harmful pesticides, developed community food distribution projects in California’s bay area, and so much more!
Read all about the incredible impact of recipients in our 2022 Rapid Response Fund Impact Report. If you feel as inspired as we do, please consider donating to support the fund in 2023!